20th annual Taste Washington offers $20 discount

By on December 2, 2016
Taste Washington, a collaboration between the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle, will celebrate its 20th anniversary March 23-26, 2017.

Taste Washington, a collaboration between the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle, will celebrate its 20th anniversary March 23-26, 2017.

SEATTLE — Taste Washington turns 20 in 2017, and holiday shoppers get a $20 break on tickets for the Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 26 in Seattle.

Organizers are planning on more than 70 restaurants and chefs to complement the 235  wineries expected to pour March 25-26 on the floor of the CenturyLink Events Center.

And during the month of December, shoppers for the Sunday General Admission tickets should apply the promotion code of 20TASTE at checkout to get $20 off the price.

The four-day celebration of Washington wine in Seattle begins Thursday, March 23 with the Red & White Part at AQUA. A ticket is $175, which includes valet parking.

Taste Washington On the Farm returns Friday, March 24, which features farm-to-fork experiences on farms throughout the Puget Sound as a regional chef works with Washington winemakers. The New Vintage event on Friday night at the Four Seasons Hotel highlights celebrity chefs such as Kristen Kish and Chad White, Washington wines and dancing. Just off the dance floor is the Rose Lounge. A ticket is $75, and The New Vintage was a sellout in 2016.

Weekend seminars celebrate education

Kevin Pogue, geology professor at Whitman College, sketches and describes the formation of Snipes Mountain American Viticultural Area in the Yakima Valley.

Kevin Pogue, geology professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., sketches and describes the formation of Snipes Mountain American Viticultural Area in the Yakima Valley. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

The Four Seasons Hotel serves as the site for the Saturday and Sunday morning seminars.

The 2017 Saturday lineup includes:

Hell and High Water: How Geologic Forces and Catastrophes Shaped Washington Wine. Moderator: Kevin Pogue, Ph.D., Whitman College. Cost is $48.

50 Years of Chateau Ste. Michelle: Celebrating a Washington State Legend. Moderator: Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast magazine. Cost is $48.

Up Close with Karen MacNeil: What Makes Great Washington Wine Great? Moderator: Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible. Cost is $64.

The 2017 Sunday lineup is:

Washington vs The World! Old World, New World, Our World. Moderator: Doug Charles, Compass Wines. Cost is $89.

Breaking Barriers: What’s New and Hot in the World of Washington Wine. Moderator: Chris Tanghe, MW, Vinum Importing and Distributing. Cost is $48.

Spotlight on Sagemoor Vineyard: Exploring one of Washington’s Greats. Moderator: Kent Waliser, Sagemoor Vineyards. Cost is $48.

Taste Washington rolls out new Connoisseur Pass

Taste Washington New Vintage

Attendees enjoy The New Vintage, the Friday night event with a history of selling out during Taste Washington weekend. (Photo by Richard Duval for Great Northwest Wine)

On Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March, 26, organizers also will offer breakfast-time experiences at Pike Place Market called Taste & Savor Tour. Cost is $75.

The 20th anniversary also signals the launch of the Connoisseur Pass. For $570, the holder receives VIP access to each Taste Washington signature event. That includes includes:

  • One ticket to the Red & White Party
  • One ticket to The New Vintage
  • One ticket to a Saturday seminar of your choice
  • One ticket to a Sunday seminar of your choice
  • One VIP 2-Day ticket to the Grand Tasting
  • Priority front of line access for events above
  • Reserved seating at the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Chef’s Stage
  • A swag bag with a bottle of Washington wine, autographed copy of the Cook + Cork cookbook, a subscription to Seattle Met magazine and a selection of El Gaucho spices.

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region’s longest-running golf publication.

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